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The focus of this Wiki section of the City of Adelaide website is to capture the details of the passengers and crew of the City of Adelaide. The wiki-site will also provide a background and context of their lives - whether they were refugees from a European war; victims of the closing of the Cornish copper mines; hopeful migrants wanting to build new lives in a young country.
If you register and then log in to your account, you will also be able to add and edit articles as well. A benefit of registering is that you can create a User page and Talk page - just like Wikipedia. That can assist you to contact other researchers interested in the same families and people. Being a wiki format, it is possible to work collaboratively with others to create a network of articles about your family and issues that you find interesting. Please help build the picture of the life and times of the City of Adelaide.

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The Judell Family in 1896

Leopold Jϋdell was born on 25 July 1848 in Altona, Schleswig-Holstein, the youngest son of a prominent local merchant, Wolff Jϋdell and his first wife Hannchen née Mendel.

At this time several provinces of modern Germany were being united into a German Confederation with the help of aggressive Prussian occupation, and there was armed conflict in those parts of Europe where the changes were unwelcome. In 1867 control of Altona passed from Denmark to the Kingdom of Prussia, creating the entity of Schleswig-Holstein. Such turmoil and, probably, additional strain imposed on them by increased cultural discrimination, prompted Leopold’s generation of Jϋdells to emigrate from Altona.

After renouncing his Prussian citizenship, and a few weeks before the outbreak of the Franco-Prussian War, 21 years old Leopold made his way to London where he boarded the City of Adelaide in May 1870 to join his brothers Hermann and Moritz Wolff who had already migrated to South Australia. The ship left Shadwell Basin in the River Thames on 24th May, called at Plymouth and reached Port Adelaide on 18th August after a voyage of nearly three months. Throughout the journey Leopold kept a diary of each day’s events written in his native Germanic dialect.

Did you know

  • ... that superior tonnage and a greater spread of canvas provided clipper ships with higher speed. In 1876, an Ocean Race from the English Channel to Australia saw the City of Adelaide keep apace with a much larger clipper - the Bundaleer. They kept in sight of each other for almost the entire voyage.
  • ... that Devitt and Moore were consistently identified as the registered owners of the City of Adelaide, but technically they were only the managing agents in London.
  • ... Edward Wright was a stowaway on the 1869 voyage to South Australia, and was entered in the crew list as a deckhand the day after the clipper left Plymouth. (You can help us if you can identify Edward; who he was, and where he went.)

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Sir Frederick Aloysius Weld
The arrival of His Excellency F. A. Weld and his party on 31 July 1869 caused a minor flurry among the social circles of Adelaide. He had just been appointed Governor of Western Australia and was travelling on the City of Adelaide from England to take up the appointment. His large entourage of 15 included his wife - the former Mena Phillips, their six children – Christina 9, Cecily 7, Filumena 4, Edith Mary 3, Humphrey almost 2, and Everard 8 months, with seven servants. After stopping over in Adelaide, they would proceed by coastal vessel to Fremantle, then on to Perth by carriage.

Photo: State Library of Tasmania

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